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Potatoes and Onions

Argentina: Onion crisis threatens thousands of jobs

The onion is frosty / closed and poor: / frost of your days / and of my nights. Hunger and onion: / black ice and frost / large and round ". Miguel Hernandez wrote that poem 80 years ago, in his anguish at the prison he was confined to by Franco. It inspired him to read his wife's letter who warned him that.....

Venezuela: Certification of national potato seeds

This week potato producer commissioners from Aragua, Carabobo, Lara, Téchira, Trujilo, Mérida, Portuguesa and Cojedes, attended the certification process of national tuber seeds for fresh and industrial consumption, a process carried out by the National Institute of Agricultural Research (INIA) at its.....

Argentina: 14% increase in area planted with garlic predicted

The estimate for the 2017 winter horticultural area foresees an overall increase of 6%, driven mainly by a growth in the number of hectares planted with garlic.According to the report presented to the Under Secretary of Agriculture Alejandro Zlotolow by the Institute of Rural Development (IDR), garlic.....

Less availability ahead for Idaho spuds

Idaho potato supplies are looking slimmer for the 2017 season. “Supplies right now are adequate. We’re in the beginning stages of our harvest so they’re being shipped and packaged right out of the field,” says Kent Sutton at Rexburg, Id.-based Bench Mark Potato Co. Inc. “But overall availability as the season.....

Potato consumption in Norway has dropped by 64% since the 1950s

The consumption of potatoes has fallen dramatically in Norway since the discovery of oil in the North Sea. Today, rich Norwegians consume an average of around 27 kilograms of potatoes per year, compared with 75 kilos in the 1950s.Statistics Norway, which published the data on Monday, notes that meat.....

Tasteful Selections introduces new potato product - SteamPak Mini

Tasteful Selections™, a specialty potato brand from RPE Inc., is pleased to bring a new item to the potato category—introducing SteamPak Mini!Catering to the health conscious and on-the-go consumer the single-serve package of fresh potatoes microwaves in just four minutes, making it a great snack or side dish......

Good market supply assured

Potato harvest 2017 better than previous two years

After two weak years for potatoes, a better harvest is expected for 2017, although farmers have had to cope with weather-related problems again this season.The better harvest is a result of the expansion of farming areas as well as higher yields per hectare. The German Committee of Experts on "Special harvest.....

Colorado potato growers see boom in yellow varieties

While Idaho may lead the nation in potato production, Colorado growers are satisfied that their quality continues to drive consumer demand for their own varieties. Potato growers in the San Luis Valley in Colorado are experiencing significant growth in demand for yellow varieties, as well as seeing a healthy.....

Panama: Farmers want to plant more onions

The country's producers are betting on a project scheduled to regain self-sufficiency in domestic onion production.This is due to losses since 2008 when 1,160 hectares were produced, and because of excessive imports without phytosanitary controls, which reduced it to 300 hectares.Augusto Jiménez, from the.....

Aviko teams up with TOMRA for Chinese french fry plant

SnowValley Agricultural Group and Aviko Group, after investing in a joint venture between the two potato product brands, have decided to once again team up with TOMRA Sorting Food, for the development of a new state-of-the-art French fry processing facility.The €151m joint venture aims to deliver the highest.....

India: Onion crisis continues

Indian onions are currently in crisis. “Due to bad weather and other factors, such as outdated practices, there has been a shortage of onion production in India. There are fewer crops, yet the demand in the local market and abroad remains high. Export is considerably lower, by 30% compared to last year,.....

Maine potato harvest commences after being delayed by heat wave

Maine's potato growers are hustling to make up for lost time after the September harvest was brought to a virtual standstill by record-breaking heat this week.Hot temperatures can cause quality problems for potatoes going into storage, and the region basked in temperatures in the 80s for four consecutive days,.....

Many different qualities and volumes in new season

“Potato pool result of changing weather”

As of this year’s harvest, the potato pool of RTL Patat has started, the first potato company to do so in Belgium. This season also shows that there’s a need for a similar way of trading. The sector is plagued by severe drought, but Remy Tanghe expects the main harvest to be good.Late last year, potato company.....

NewStar Fresh Foods invests in processing capabilities at Mexicali facility

NewStar Fresh Foods, shipper of iceless green onions in North America, announced plans to make a significant capital investment in its Estrella Nueva facility, located in Mexicali, Mexico. The company intends to add a variety of high-technology equipment, including mechanized optical sorters, precision.....

TruGarlic launches fresh-chain for organic garlic

Sjaak Twisk and Bas Groeneveld have launched a fresh-chain so that consumers can get to know organic fresh garlic. The question is, how can consumers become more familiar with the product?TruGarlic has delivered organic fresh garlic from its own cultivation since two years ago. Most consumers only use or know.....

Indian Dairy Coop to enter french fry market and offer farmers better prices

In India, the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF) is starting the production of frozen French Fries in October of this year.They have set up shop in North Gujarat, close to McCain Foods India and Hyfun Frozen Foods.Their entry into the market could be favorable for potato farmers because the.....

Bostwana bans import of potatoes and other vegetables

Botswana on Friday said it has placed a ban on imports of lettuce, onions, carrot, potatoes and cabbage.“Traders will only be allowed to import tomatoes and beetroots at 50% acquisition given the absence of the two products locally,” Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security spokesperson Boikhutso.....

GE Free NZ speaks out against approval of GE potatoes

GE Free NZ told their position on the decision to allow GE potatoes into New Zealand in a release:Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), a trans-Tasman regulatory body, has approved 6 lines of GE potatoes (A1139) carrying genes from viruses and bacteria to stop discoloration and alter vital nutritional.....

Wisconsin onion growers benefit from lower yields out West

“We have a network of local onion growers here in Wisconsin who we market and re-pack product for,” says Tony Huizenga with Wisconsin-based Alsum Farms. “Our growers mainly grow large/medium yellow onions that we re-pack for them.” The Wisconsin onion season runs from September through April and after that,.....

UK: Harvest proving difficult for seed potato farmers

It may still be early days and no major damage to crops is being reported, but soggy ground conditions are now posing serious challenges for producers in many areas.Traders say crops are holding up well in the ground and quality is almost universally good, with yields being reported as average or slightly.....

Prices below the production costs

Spain: Leon potato prices down 80%

On Wednesday 27 September, potato prices in Leon were oscillating between 40 and 90 Euro per tonne, depending on the variety. This means that, compared to the previous campaign, the price has dropped by about 80%, since on 28 September 2016 it stood at an average of 300 Euro per tonne.Also, the current price.....

Produce Investments

Increased potato planting in UK expected to end

The bounce in UK potato sowings looks poised to go into reverse, Produce Investments said, as it unveiled results showing a recovery in profits, and an appetite for further expanding from its core business in the root crop.Angus Armstrong, the Produce Investments chief executive, told Agrimoney.com that his.....

Canada

Potato yields in P.E.I expected to be down after dry weather

The general manager of the P.E.I. Potato Board is anticipating this year’s potato harvest to ramp up next week. Greg Donald said the harvest has barely started with a limited supply to fresh pack, chip plant and process markets so far, but that’ s about to change.He’s anticipating a few more growers getting.....

China: Leeks from Xinjiang enjoy first bumper harvest in thirty years

A single leek field is selling for more than ten thousand RMB (1,280 EUR), not including the plantation costs; cleaning the field costs another 6000-7000 RMB (770-900 EUR). These market prices haven't been seen for the last 30 years in the history of leek plantations in the Midong region of Urumuqi, Xinjiang.....

Calls go out in India to investigate role of cartels on onion prices

Even as the wholesale prices of onions across mandis in Maharashtra continue to fall, the central government has asked for a report about traders allegedly involved in market distortion.This comes close on the heels of the Income-Tax department raiding the office and premises of seven traders in Nashik for.....

Sri Lanka govt to sell potatoes & onions at a discount to lower prices

The Government in Sri Lanka plans to sell onions and potatoes to consumers through the Sathosa outlets from today at lower than the prevalent prices. The decisions were made yesterday at a special discussion held at the Presidential Secretariat with President Maithripala Sirisena at the chair.Meanwhile, the.....

Research project hopes to help onion growers better control white rot

The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) is conducting research to help growers better predict and control white rot disease in onions.TIA has been leading research trials over the past two years to measure onion root growth, disease development and environmental conditions, including soil temperature,.....

Consumers can expect good quality

Bavarian potato harvest at its peak

For the Bavarian potato farmers, it is time to harvest. Although the early potatoes already went straight for sale from the field from July to August, the much larger amounts are now being stored. Thanks to a clever storage technique, it is possible to offer consumers regional potatoes almost the entire year.....

Spotlight on ‘partnership power’ at the 2017 Agronomists’ Conference

The 2017 AHDB Agronomists’ Conference will look to strengthen the UK’s ‘partnership culture’ to deliver the flexible agronomic options required during uncertain times.For the second year running, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds will combine forces with AHDB Potatoes and provide evidence-based developments in.....

Hungary: Crisis affecting domestic potato sector

While retail customers may be delighted by the prospect of cheaper potatoes, growers are not happy about the fact that purchasers are buying crops at a lower price than last year, writes the Hungarian Times. In addition, there is no reason for the drop in prices, as the volume going to the warehouses has been.....

Japan govt to support local potato production to prevent another shortage

The agriculture ministry will help domestic potato farmers increase production following a shortage due to bad weather that has adversely affected potato chip makers, sources said Tuesday.The potato crop was poor, particularly in Hokkaido Prefecture, last year due to typhoons, forcing major domestic snack.....

Prices plunge due to oversupply

Spain: Potato prices fail to cover production costs

The potato campaign started timidly in Andalusia and Murcia in late May. "There were still potato surpluses on French warehouses and, for some time, French potatoes and the first Spanish ones coexisted in the market," explains Yolanda Medina, head of the Technical and Quality Department of Carsa.The Andalusian.....

Hot weather delays potato harvest for some Ontario farmers

The sweltering late September weather is putting some Ontario farmers in a difficult position.Ken Beattie is normally harvesting potatoes at his farm near Alliston, but his machinery remains idle for the time being.“Never experienced this kind of unprecedented heat we have had in the month of September,” he.....

Spain: Limia harvesting big volumes of quality potatoes at a good pace

The potato harvest in the Spanish municipality of Xinzo de Limia is developing well, with very good results both in terms of quality and volume, as reported by the Government of Galicia in a press release, in which they also mention the product's excellent phytosanitary condition, as there have been no pests.....

US onion market optimistic

The Northwestern states of the USA (Idaho, Oregon and Washington State), have the largest share of stored onions in the US. Normally, the harvest is quite far along in this area in October. But as of 20 September, some areas were still waiting for dry weather. The market is positive. There’s more demand than.....

Henk van den Berg, LP Kranenburg: "The potatoes still need be harvested"

Potato market remains uncertain

The prospects in the potato market are still uncertain. "All the potatoes still need to be harvested. If everything goes well, there will be no shortage of potatoes. The question is how sellable they will be. A portion will be grubbed up this week, but poor weather conditions are expected for later in the.....

Italy: Movement in white onion sector

An important operator in the onion sector in central-northern Italy reports that there is movement in the white onion sector and prices are not as low as they were a few weeks ago. However, units are still filled with produce."The quality of the 2017 harvest was not exceptional due to the summer heat. I had to.....

Uganda research details how to boost sweet potato seed stock

The Sweet potato is one of the most commonly grown and consumed foods in Uganda. However, a lack of planting materials for most farmers has been the biggest challenge to growers. This is mainly experienced after prolonged drought.It is common for farmers to use cuttings from the previous season for the next.....

UK potato producer applies to build 2,304 tonne storage facility

A potato producer has applied for permission to build a 2,304 tonne seed potato store on a farm in Marsham, United Kingdom.B&C Farming said the facility, located at Wood Farm on Buxton Road, will enable the company to stop renting external storage.In an application to Broadland District Council, planning.....

China: Price of new potatoes falling

Since September, farmers have been digging out their potatoes. The weather conditions during the growing period year were fine, so the growth and output is better than last year. However, right before shooting sprouts were to be harvested, a lot of rain fell on in the production areas. This has caused diseases.....

Seed potato trade in a post-Brexit world

After Brexit, EU seed potato producers are set to increase their market share against UK producers. But how much EU producers will benefit depends on how quickly the UK can establish new trade deals.North-western Europe is an important region for providing seed potatoes to Middle-Eastern and African markets......

First fruit and vegetable grower GlobalGAP GRASP certified in United States

Farm Fresh Produce, Inc. is fully compliant on the GLOBALG.A.P. GRASP assessment, a social management system, as third-party verified by WQS, LLC. “It has become common in the industry to state that you have the highest quality or an innovative approach. Quality is relatively simple to measure, to prove. That.....

Spain: Fuentes de Ebro onions aim for longer market presence

The Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) Cebolla Fuentes de Ebro is promoting an R+D+i project to deseasonalise the marketing of this product, which stands out for its sweet and mild flavour, and which was already mentioned in the classic work of Spanish literature "Cantar del Mio Cid".Onions are usually.....

Larger potatoes in store for Colorado season

The new crop of potatoes has just commenced harvesting in the San Luis Valley in Colorado, and growers are pleased with what they are seeing. Favorable weather has helped to foster ideal conditions and potato sizes are expected to average larger than previous years."The new crop began in earnest in.....

QCC 120 and 160 mechanical cooling units

"Growing need for more flexible cooling units"

During Potato Europe, Tolsma-Grisnich presented the QCC 120 and 160 mechanical cooling units, among other items. The size of storage spaces has increased strongly in recent years. In the main export markets in particular. There is also increasing need to flexibly use the capacity of mobile cooling units. With.....

Wisconsin man charged with stealing $700k from potato growers

A former produce seller in Portage County has been accused of one of the largest potato-related thefts in Wisconsin history.Thomas Lundgren was charged with 10 counts of theft in Portage County Circuit Court this week.Lundgren is accused of withholding more than $700,000 in payments to potato growers and.....

Danny Deen, Denimpex:

“Only do what you’re good at”

This summer, Bram Deen passed away at the age of 84. In 1955 he founded Denimpex, which supplied products to the processing industry. Over the years, the Dutch fresh produce company from Amsterdam switched to overseas import and supplier of supermarkets under guidance from second generation Danny and third.....

Cuban potato delegation visits seed potato companies in Quebec

A Cuban delegation visited the main seed potato companies in Quebec in early August, organized by Progest 2001 Inc.The Cuban delegation was headed by the National Director of Crops and also included the National Director of Seeds and the Potato Director of the National Institute of Agricultural Sciences.....

US potato value grew by 4% in 2016

The USDA-NASS has published an overview of their estimates regarding last year's potato crop in Potatoes 2016 Summary (September 2017) which show slight growth in total production compared to the year prior.Overall potato productionPotato production in 2016 totalled 441 million cwt, up slightly from the.....

Canadian Cavendish Farms one step closer to completion of Alberta potato plant

Cavendish Farms entered the next phase in the construction of their new CAD 360 million frozen potato processing plant today at an event at the site of the new facility.Joined by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, and several other dignitaries, Cavendish Farms President Robert K. Irving acknowledged the next step.....

One of the most competitive potato companies in Spain

Spain: Valencian potatoes to Romania and Dubai

Back in 1946, Vicente Aguilar Martínez started a humble business selling crop fertilizers. Today, under the management of his son, what started as a small warehouse is now one of the most competitive potato companies in Spain, with 19 million Euro in turnover.However, it was not until 1967 when Patatas Aguilar.....

Italy: Fewer hectares of onions harvested in spring

Some blame the productions in northern Europe, others increasing stocks or imports. The fact is that producers are abandoning the onions sown in September and harvested in May-June because they are no longer profitable."Cultivated hectares have more than halved in the past few years. I believe that, in.....

Giant onion at vegetable competition in England

This year, on Septenber 15, Harrogate Autumn Flower Show took place in Harrogate, England. The show also included a Giant Vegetable Competition, where farmers demonstrated their biggest vegetables. The most tremendous ones won prizes. Source: Xinhuanet

US onions see significant spike in pricing

Domestic onion prices seem to be on the rise despite a traditionally quiet season.“The overall market has everything available but prices are just high,” says John Harris of Fort Collins, Co.-based Paradigm Fresh. High is almost as much as 50 per cent of this time last year with white onions going for.....

Cuba: Ciego de Ávila prepares land to advance potato sowing

Farmers from Ciego de Avila are preparing the land to advance potato sowing and harvest crops in January, as part of an emerging program following the damage caused by Hurricane Irma.The idea is to begin the tuber plantations on October 15 and conclude them on November 20, said the engineer Orlando Pérez,.....

Belgian chip maker Roger & Roger invests $12m into Croky plant

Snack manufacturer Roger & Roger known for its chips has invested USD $12 million into its Croky plant. The investment will allow the company to push forward with more gluten-free options.Roger & Roger potato chip plant in Mouscron, Belgium"Every year we invest around 10% of our turnover to improve our.....

Vanuatu helps in harvesting 40 tonnes of potatoes

Vanuatu's Minister of Agriculture Matai Seremaiah has helped potato farmers on Tanna island to harvest about 40 tonnes of organic potatoes.He also provided a ship to cart the spuds to Port Vila where the government's Cooperatives Department can sell them in the local market.The government wants to encourage.....

Dutch traders eager to invest in potato farming in Bangladesh

Dutch traders have shown their strong interest to invest in potato farming in Bangladesh aiming to increase the production of the tuberous crop, reports UNB.The traders have disclosed their interest at the potato fair titled "Potato Europe" held at Emmeloord, Holland on 13-14 September.The Nederlandse.....

Onion traders in India call off strike

Onion traders in and around Nashik district who control the country's trade in the bulb have resumed purchase of the crop from farmers after officials warned them that their licenses to trade in the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee yards would be cancelled.Traders had been on strike since Thursday after.....